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Four sets of twins born in four days

ALEXANDRIA -- One, two, three, four sets of twins in four days?

It's true and it happened last week at the Douglas County Hospital.

According to the nursing staff, things have run smoothly with everyone pulling together for their patients.

Since none of the deliveries were scheduled, the extra arrivals required a real team effort with nurses working double shifts, staying late, calling in extra help and some offering to come over from other departments.

The eight babies included one set of twin girls, one set of twin boys and two sets of both a boy and a girl. All of the mothers came in to the hospital either due to labor or their water breaking. All of the babies were between 34 and 35 weeks gestation.

June 28

Maria Fairbanks of Alexandria wasn't due until the end of July, but at about 10 p.m., Sunday, June 27 she knew her babies were coming.

At 10:53 a.m. June 28, Ethan came into the world, followed by his sister, Abigail, at 11:32 a.m. Even though they were five-weeks early, the babies weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces and 5 pounds, 2 ounces, respectively.

With lots of twins on both sides of the family - there's one in every generation on Maria's mother's side - Maria, and the twins' father, Colin Runnoe, weren't too surprised to hear two babies were coming. Actually, Maria said she figured there were two, since her growing belly seemed to be much bigger than what it was with her first child.

She's planning to schedule the babies' feeding times about one-half hour apart, hopefully about every three hours.

June 29

Kaija Gay assumed she'd deliver her twins early, but going to the hospital at 34 weeks was a bit surprising. She was sent to the hospital for observation after a doctor's appointment Tuesday morning and found she wouldn't be leaving until her babies were born.

It didn't take too long with 4-pound, 8-ounce Luke born at 6:03 p.m. followed by 5-pound, 2-ounce Leif at 6:28 p.m.

Days after the birth, Kaija said life's going to be busy with her 18-month-old son at home. Thankfully, she's got an 11-year-old daughter, husband, Jerry, and plenty of family around to help.

Even though there are some twins in the family, the couple was surprised when they got the news early in her pregnancy. She wasn't sure about her due date, thinking she was about eight weeks along, it was a big shock when the doctor told her she was four weeks pregnant with twins.

June 30

Alissa Bayer's water broke at about 8:30 a.m., June 30, almost two weeks before her scheduled C-section and a month before her due date.

Her daughters, 3-pound, 14-ounce Layla, and 4-pound, 14 ounce, Livia came just minutes apart, at 10:26 and 10:28 a.m.

The smallest set of twins born last week, the Bayer girls are doing well, learning to take their bottles and both had just gotten off the monitors July 2.

Since she was very schedule-oriented with her first two children, now 5 and 6, Alissa said she's been told by friends and family that with twins, she needs to relax and go with the flow, something she said is probably a good idea. She hopes they are able to eat on a similar schedule, yet will follow their cues to see what fits best with the girls. Thankfully, she's got a lot of help.

Alissa and her husband, Cory, are from Glenwood.

July 1

Even though her doctor had scheduled a C-section for Heidi Svingen of Benson later this month, she thinks either the weather or a lack of room brought her bundles of joy into the world a month early.

Cora and Samuel were born at 10:52 and 10:53 a.m. The older sister weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces, with her "little" brother weighing in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces.

Since she left for the hospital after her 6-year-old son was already sleeping, Heidi said she was excited to tell him that he had a baby brother and a baby sister - he didn't know there were twins coming.

This mom was more surprised about the weight of the twins - their combined weight was only one pound more than the total weight of her first-born - than the idea of having twins. Multiples run in the family with twins on both Heidi's maternal and paternal sides.

She plans to keep the babies on the same feeding schedule, but opted not to get two of everything.

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